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Celebrate the Women in Your Life

by Cristina Williams, Director of Digital Media | May 11, 2017
Workshop Series - More Than Motherhood

I’m a working woman and mother to two boys: a five-year-old soon-to-be kindergartner and a 15-year-old stepson – there’s a lot of balancing that goes on in my household day to day. That’s why I am thrilled about so many of the Y’s offerings that support healthy women in all of our roles. We make it look easy – at least I think I do on most days – and for this reason along with many, many others, Mother’s Day is a wonderful acknowledgement of women and way to celebrate all they are and do. So for this Mother’s Day, we’d like to share a few special opportunities with you to give a little balance back to a busy mom or woman in your life. It’s not in women’s DNA to take time for ourselves; that’s where our devoted partners and children come in with some strategic planning.

A Little Background:

Here at the Y, we believe in holistic wellness and this begins with developing programs that enhance and promote health and fitness. We also believe in harnessing the power of strong, healthy communities that celebrate women in their various roles, from athlete and fitness enthusiast, to educator, leader and one of the most challenging roles, mother. They grace Somerset County YMCA every day managing their family’s activities while working, volunteering or participating in their own programs.

The Plan:

We’ve made it easy for you to put a wellness package together for that special woman. Use one or all of the ideas below!

The Gift of Time (Babysitting): Childcare displaymode=

What often derails my best intentions toward health and fitness is not having someone I trust to care for my children. Not so at the Y! Somerset County YMCA’s Kidz Korner locations (Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA, Somerville YMCA and Riverwalk) offer a safe, nurturing place for your children to play while you work out or attend other programs at our Y. And it’s complimentary with family memberships.

Yoga displaymode= Health and Fitness Must Haves:

  • One-on-One Nutrition: It all starts here. Let mom define her personal nutrition and wellness goals and work with a nutritionist to achieve them. Following a comprehensive assessment, our nutritionist will suggest a personalized plan with behavioral strategies. Written dietary guidelines and materials will help track your progress.
  • Personal Training Tri-Pack: This is a great way to experience the health benefits of Personal Training. For first-time buyers of Personal Training or for those who have not purchased Personal Training sessions in a year. Treat mom to three 45-minute PT sessions for only $99.

The Creative Gift:

Pottery Painting displaymode= For those of you who don’t have a child in grade school, you may find this gift idea appeals to your artistic side – kids will definitely love it, too. Two Y staffers (thanks, Aaron and Val) will be spending their Saturday painting terracotta pots with acrylic paint for their mothers. They were inspired to evoke their inner van Gogh during a workshop that was held at Bridgewater YMCA in April. Here’s a quick how-to-article.

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When the kids play, mom can play, too. Schedule a date for or with mom on Friday, May 26 during Kids Night Out at Hillsborough YMCA from 6:30pm-9:30pm. This Mother’s Day, make her a redeemable gift certificate to enjoy a night out. Kids will also enjoy 30 minutes of swim time, a craft and game time, movie and raffle prizes. Pizza and popcorn will be provided, so no need to cook! (Note: Kids Night Out is a recurring event at Hillsborough YMCA, Somerset Hills YMCA and Somerville YMCA – there’s no limit to the gift of time. Check our events for future dates.)

A Balanced Life displaymode= The Well-Balanced Gift:

Now that mom has a new itinerary with some built-in breaks thanks to you, she’ll need a way to manage it all. So, what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to give a gift that keeps on giving – a workshop series designed to empower women, More Than Motherhood. On Thursdays from June 15-July 27, 2017 at Somerset Hills YMCA, you can help a busy woman connect with other women and build a support network, which we know is a vital component to one's health. It can be overwhelming to juggle the many responsibilities women have on their plates – that’s why we are happy to have Hena K. Wadhwa, M.A., M.S. and doctoral candidate in Sociology lead the workshop and encourage women with information and the tools for introspection in a variety of topics from career and motherhood, to emotional well-being and removing the illusion of perfection. She will further suggest outlets that foster imperative dialogues about womanhood and motherhood. For more information, please contact Lynne Applebaum at 908 630 3522 or email at

Putting It All Together:

Whether she’s into lifting (we have a group for that, too, called Women on Weights), swimming, Zumba® and Cardio Dance, or yoga and Pilates, the opportunities for women are boundless at the Y – take a look at the many group exercise classes and adult programs and see which one fits the special mother or woman in your life!

About the Author:
Cristina E. Williams has worked for and alongside youth-serving and women's organizations for nearly a decade. Her desire to foster youth development and dedication to family health is what brought her to Somerset County YMCA, where she serves as the director of digital media. Through digital media platforms, Cristina believes heightened awareness can be achieved around the Y’s mission, including the social responsibility initiatives that drive her. Prior to joining the Y, Cristina worked in communications, advocacy and prevention at two state coalitions addressing interpersonal, child and domestic abuse.
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